2021 Culture of Health Prize

Call for Applications

    Release Date: July 13, 2020 | Application Deadline: Thu, 15 Oct 2020

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so better health flourishes for all. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live. 

Learn more about how you can be one of our next Culture of Health Prize-winning communities by reviewing an informational webinar recording and slides.

Register to join the Prize Alumni webinar, on September 15 at 2 p.m. ET, when representatives from Prize communities will share their insights on the value of winning the Prize.

 

PURPOSE

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all. 

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

There are characteristics shared by communities that catalyze and sustain positive change. Because the Prize recognizes whole communities, applicants must think beyond their own individual organizations and initiatives to what has been accomplished across the community. Reviewers use the following criteria as the lens to evaluate all applications. 

Six Steps to the Prize

Six Steps to the Prize

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Six Steps to the Prize

As communities decide whether to apply for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, this video illuminates the criteria or the six steps to take to become a Prize community.
As communities decide whether to apply for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, this video illuminates the criteria or the six steps to take to become a Prize community.

Six Steps to the Prize

As communities decide whether to apply for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, this video illuminates the criteria or the six steps to take to become a Prize community.

ABOUT THE PRIZE

At RWJF, building a Culture of Health has become the central aim of what we do, with a goal of giving every person across the nation an opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. Communities are already leading the way to drive local change and providing all residents opportunities to live their healthiest life possible. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize, a collaboration between RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, is the Foundation's way of honoring communities—urban, rural, tribal, large, or small—that are beacons of hope and progress for healthier people, families, and places.

 

Application Deadline

October 15, 2020, 3:00 p.m. ET

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What is the Culture of Health Prize?

What is the Culture of Health Prize?

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What is the Culture of Health Prize?

Learn about the Prize and the types of community transformations we're looking for.
Learn about the Prize and the types of community transformations we're looking for.

What is the Culture of Health Prize?

Learn about the Prize and the types of community transformations we're looking for.

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Healthy Communities

ELIGIBILITY

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors U.S. communities. Submissions representing the work of a single organization will not be considered. With the exception of previous Prize winners and 2020 finalists, all past applicants are eligible to re-apply for 2021.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Through the RWJF Culture of Health Prize application process, a community comes together to tell their inspiring stories of collaboration, action, and results. Communities should understand they are applying for a prize and not a grant. The Prize recognizes work that has already been accomplished so there is no required workplan or budget. To be competitive, it is imperative that Prize applicants showcase the breadth of work and collaboration happening across the entire community.